South Carolina Department of Mental Health

South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street/P.O. Box 485, Columbia, SC 29202


September 17, 2012

Contact:   DMH Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8581


Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center Receives Accreditation

Columbia, SC - The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Santee-Wateree Community Mental Health Center (Santee-Wateree), for a period of three years, in the following areas: Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health Adults and Outpatient Treatment-Mental Health Children and Adolescents. Operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Center is a component of the Agency’s Division of Community Mental Health Services.

“I am very pleased with the three year CARF accreditation that Santee-Wateree has been awarded,” said Deputy Director of Community Mental Health Services Geoffrey J. Mason. “It is acknowledgement that the Center provides quality services and assures clients that the center meets national benchmarks in the care it provides. It is a testament to the hard work and ongoing efforts of the staff at the Center.”

In fiscal year 2012, Santee-Wateree served 5,533 individuals, including 1,058 children and 390 individuals over the age of 65. It provides services to Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties. To learn more about the Center, visit

Each of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s 17 community mental health centers is accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers. CARF credentials more than 6,000 providers in over 19,000 locations, and its accredited providers serve more than 8.3 million people of all ages each year.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health's mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, giving priority to adults with serious and persistent mental illness and to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The Agency serves approximately 100,000 citizens, including over 30,000 children and adolescents and provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. The Agency also operates four hospitals, one community nursing care center, and three veterans' nursing homes.